Children of Divorce: Stories of Loss and Growth, Second Edition

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2010-06-15
  • Publisher: Psychology Pres

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Featuring excerpts of essays collected from thousands of young adults while in the throes of divorce, this book paints a picture of the pain and the hope shown by the storytellers. By framing the narratives with an analysis of the most recent divorce literature, the authors' provide readers with a greater and more vivid understanding of the effects of divorce.Challenging the contention that most children will be irretrievably hurt by their parents' divorce,Ń some stories clearly demonstrate the strength and resilience many have learned in dealing with a divorce in the family. Emphasis is placed on how hope about the possibilities of having close relationships--as well as a willingness to create stronger families in their own lives--represent abiding motivations in this sample of young people. The authors hope that the use of the raw input of respondents will make the experiences more realistic and ultimately help people deal with major loss events in their lives.Highlights of the new edition include:A new chapter (7) that demonstrates the messiness of divorce (infidelity, dysfunctional interactions, multiple marriages/relationships, and the financial expense), the fading stigma of divorce, the latest divorce rates, the increased average age of first time marriages, and theŃ recent hook-up phenomenon wherein young people are showing a reluctance to commitment.Updated throughout with the most current demographic data, new findings from the top researchers in the field, and the latest intervention programs.A review of the Divorce Variability and Fluidity Model (DVFM) that helps predict variability in adjusting to divorce.More suggestions to help children adapt to divorce, including material on parenting education classes and mediation as a method for easing the process.A list of readings and suggested websites for further review.More tables and graphs to summarize key concepts.An ideal supplement for courses on divorce, family studies, close relationships, and loss and trauma taught in human development and family studies, and clinical, counselling, and socialŃ psychology, as well as communication, social work, and sociology, these engaging stories also appeal to practitioners and those interested in the effects of divorce in general.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
The Pervasiveness of Divorce and the Value of Diverse Voicesp. 1
Why This Book?p. 1
The Pervasiveness of Divorcep. 2
The Effects of Divorce on Childrenp. 4
The Unexpected Legacy of Divorcep. 7
Diverse Scholarly Voicesp. 17
Risk and Resiliencep. 18
Why the Theme of Loss and Growth?p. 18
Theoretical Perspective and Methodsp. 21
The Divorce Variability and Fluidity Modelp. 21
An Account-Making Theoretical Perspectivep. 24
Young Persons' Voices: How Were Their Stories Gathered and Analyzed?p. 26
Caveats on Drawing Inferences From the Narrative Accountsp. 28
Voices of Despairp. 31
Shock and Disillusionmentp. 32
End of the ˘Perfect Family÷p. 34
Divorce Chaos and Crazinessp. 40
Financial and Visitation Difficultiesp. 42
In the Middlep. 45
Deep Sadnessp. 49
Becoming a Cynicp. 53
Just Plain Painp. 56
Death of a Sibling as a Subtheme in Divorcep. 57
Conclusionsp. 59
Voices of Hopep. 61
Friendly Divorcep. 62
Getting a ˘Real Dad÷p. 64
Perceiving Good and Bad Outcomes, But Mostly Goodp. 67
Coming Through the Wilderness and Finding Hopep. 73
In the End: Growth and Hopep. 77
Will Not Accept ˘Just Good Enough÷p. 82
A Nuanced Positionp. 86
Conclusionsp. 89
Becoming ˘Parentless÷ Due to Divorcep. 91
˘Too Late÷p. 92
Father Became Too Busyp. 95
Losing a Father Early, Then Sporadic Involvementp. 96
A ˘Double Loss÷ of Fatherp. 98
Death of a Sibling, Then Loss of a Fatherp. 101
˘You're the Man of the House Now÷p. 104
Hope Mixed With Lossp. 105
Conclusionsp. 113
Family Chaos and Resiliencep. 115
Strength in Appreciation of Complexityp. 115
Multiple Divorcesp. 123
Pretending That the Family Is Normalp. 126
The Long Strugglep. 128
The Imperative to Maturep. 130
Difficulty in Accepting a Stepdadp. 133
Conclusionsp. 135
Recent Narratives and New Perspectives on Divorcep. 137
Pragmatismp. 138
The Present and Future of Divorce: A Fading Stigma?p. 141
Divorce and the ˘Hookup÷ Culturep. 142
Conclusionsp. 143
Conclusionsp. 145
Connections to the Divorce Literaturep. 146
Extensions of the Existing Literature: Newly Emerging Themesp. 154
The Final Conclusion: The Need to Talk and Express Thoughts and Feelingsp. 158
Appendixp. 161
Web Sitesp. 161
Readingsp. 162
Referencesp. 163
Author Indexp. 167
Subject Indexp. 169
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